A teenage girl has been shot and killed during a robbery whilst working at a Harlem Burger King - the gunman fled the scene with only $100. Crime Stoppers is offering a $3,500 reward for information leading to the arrest of the killer.
19-year-old Kristal Bayron-Nieves was working as a cashier at the Burger King at 116th Street and Lexington Avenue in East Harlem at around 1 am on Sunday morning when a gunman entered the fast-food store.
The intruder pistol-whipped a male customer before punching a female manager in the face. Bayron-Nieves, who had only started working there three weeks ago, gave the robber $100 from the cash drawer, an eyewitness said, according to the teenager's mother.
The gunman appeared to turn to leave the store before turning around again and shooting Bayron-Nieves in the torso.
The victim was rushed to the nearby Metropolitan Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
A police source said: "She didn't deserve to be mowed down while working at a Burger King."
Her family told news reporters that Kristal had already requested more security at work and had moved to the day shifts after fearing for her safety whilst working.
Kristal's mother, Kristie Nieves, 36, said in Spanish: "She is only 19, and she has more than 50 homeless people sleeping in front of the store."
Her mother said that she felt particularly distraught over the death of her daughter after she had convinced her to continue working there despite the teenager's concern over safety
Kristie Nieves said: "You have to go and be responsible, at 10 pm I wake her up to go and tell her, you have to go. You have to be responsible. You have to get a better life."
The killer, who has yet to be identified or arrested, was described as a slim male who was wearing dark clothes and a black mask, police said.
Authorities have since released CCTV video footage of the man wanted for the murder of Kristal Bayron-Nieves.
Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of $3,500 for the capture of the killer.
This is an ongoing case and we will update you as further details are released.